HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - By Jena Johnson - email
HUDSON, TX (KTRE) - Last week, life was normal in William Altenreid's world.
"I was in Louisiana tracking down a truck," Altenreid said.
He's repossessed hundreds of cars for American Auto Sales.
"Me and my guys, we'd go through the inside of the car and make sure there's nothing illegal in it, but that doesn't mean like under it or anything else," Altenreid said. "We'd just look inside of it on every repo."
He has the paperwork to prove it.
"This is all my income," Altenreid says while shuffling through repossessed car titles.
But now that livelihood is at the center of a major cocaine investigation. His boss, Sergio Lazaro, was arrested last week and American Auto Sales is shut down.
"Now that Sergio's gone, there ain't no way that me and my family's going to make it," Altenreid said.
The news sent Altenreid's world crashing down.
"I trusted him to take care of me and my family, keep us busy, you know he was helping me pay my bills," Altenreid said.
And to add to their situation, his wife is pregnant.
"I found out two days ago," Barbara Altenreid said.
With no job, his wife is worried. She says taking care of their first son, William Jr., is already a financial struggle.
"Now we're basically going to live without any money."
And both don't understand why Lazaro would do this.
"He not only put our family at risk, he put his own family at risk," Barbara Altenreid said. "I don't understand why somebody would do that just to make a little cash."
"I knew he was shady in some things, but drugs I never thought," William Altenreid said.
He says he did notice red flags. William Altenreid claims Lazaro stole his identification for a car title.
"I found a copy of my driver's license which I'm used to people taking a copy of my driver's license when I'm repo-ing for them, but it wasn't a picture of me and it wasn't my name on it, but it was my driver's license," William Altenreid said.
But William Altenreid says he needed the job, so he dealt with it. Much like he desperately needs a job now.